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ELPC Receives American Bar Association Award

We’re very proud that the Environmental Law & Policy Center is receiving the American Bar Association's 2023 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship.

12/3/23

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Senate Farm Bill: REAP Provisions to Power Rural America

Updating REAP with these innovations will serve all American agriculture across sectors and size, reach every state, and provide benefits for the entire nation.

5/20/24

Andy Olsen

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Holding U.S. Steel Accountable to Clean Air Laws

ELPC filed public comments calling for stronger permits at the US Steel Gary Works facility & cleaner air for Gary, Indiana

5/20/24

Kerri M. Gefeke

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: The Current State of Great Lakes Water Levels

Watch our discussion with Dr. Drew Gronewold of the University of Michigan on the current state of Great Lakes water levels.

5/9/24

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Pursuing Equity & Energy Justice in Xcel’s Distribution Planning

Xcel’s IDP offers the venue to discuss the critical intersection of equity and energy justice with the utility’s plans for its distribution system.

5/6/24

Erica S. McConnell

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The Planet Depends on Buses & Trains

Improving transit funding and governance is key to meeting our Illinois climate goals

4/29/24

Kevin Brubaker

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Let’s GET(s) Smart About Transmission

Building a smarter, more efficient grid for the future starts with three steps.

4/29/24

Nick Wallace

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Watch this great conversation with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

4/16/24

Howard's Blog

The Successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is Critical Amid a Changing Climate

ELPC provided testimony in support of Great Lakes Funding to the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee

4/12/24

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

Swimming in the Chicago River: Advocacy Helped Make This Happen

As Chicago plans for a historic open swim in the river, ELPC reflects on the work it took to clean up the river

4/8/24

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

Vegetative Buffer Pilot Project Protects Kids from Air Pollution

New air monitors will track highway pollution and gauge effectiveness of protective tree plantings

4/3/24

Lena Guerrero Reynolds

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National Forest Visit Shows Need for Strong Forest Protection

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin is a special place, providing important ecological systems, biodiversity, and, also, a piece of the puzzle to fight climate change. Unfortunately, the CNNF is one of the most heavily logged national forests in the country.

3/19/24

Andy Olsen

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Federal Rule-R-Coaster

Get ready for the rush of final rules from the Biden administration covering everything from pollution from cars to heavy duty trucks, to power plants and implementation of the bedrock National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We walk through what's coming up.

3/18/24

Ann Mesnikoff

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Great Lakes Days in Washington, D.C

Advocates from across the Great Lakes states went to Washington, D.C. to educate lawmakers about the programs and policies that protect them.

3/8/24

Ann Mesnikoff

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Stepping up Post-Sackett: An Illinois Bill to Protect Wetlands

After the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back Clean Water Act protections, it fell to states to fill the gaps. A new Illinois bill would protect our critical wetlands.

3/6/24

David McEllis

Testimony

Cutting Methane Emissions to Protect Clean Air & Climate

ELPC testified in support of EPA’s proposed waste emissions charge, under the Methane Emissions Reduction program.

2/20/24

Ann Mesnikoff

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“They Set the Skies on Fire”: Working to Rein in BP Whiting Refinery’s Air Pollution

After a series of leaks and flares in recent weeks, community members are fighting to tighten air permits at a northwest Indiana refinery.

2/15/24

Kerri M. Gefeke

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A Valentine’s Day Ballad by ELPC

Will you be our environmental Valentine?

2/14/24

Howard's Blog

Dear Hertz…

On EV car rentals, please "make a new plan, Stan"

2/13/24

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Electric School Buses

Watch the Webinar: Electric School Buses Fueling Clean Energy & Clean Rides for Kids, featuring Superintendent Tim Farquer from Williamsfield Schools, IL

1/30/24

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Things to Look Forward to in 2024

Big things are happening at ELPC this year. Watch our latest video update to learn more.

1/29/24

Howard A. Learner

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Extreme Weather and Energy Efficiency

Chicagoans know how to handle frigid temperatures, but it’s not so certain that homes do.

1/24/24

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Protecting Midwest Wildlife Refuges

ELPC is stepping up to protect the Midwest’s ecological gems, our National Wildlife & Fish Refuges.

1/10/24

ELPC Turns 30

2023 Was a Great Year

30 years ago, ELPC’s vision was called ambitious. Today, sustainability is conventional wisdom. Read all about ELPC's impact in 2023. It's been quite a year!

1/9/24

Howard A. Learner

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ELPC Reimagining the Potential for Michigan’s Retiring Coal Plants

Retiring coal plants - once thought of as industrial eyesores - now stand as canvases for the creation of new greenways, parklands, wildlife habitat, and clean energy development.

1/3/24

Jill Geiger

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